Barack Obama Suggests Presidents Stay Away From TV And Social Media

Carmen Roxanna
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Forever President Barack Obama recently spoke as a guest at a San Francisco event for Splunk, an international data and software firm, and shared his opinion on practices every future President should know. First is knowing the importance of those who you surround yourself with. “Make sure you have a team with a diversity of opinion sitting around you,” Obama said. “The presidency is like drinking out of a fire hose – you can’t absorb that information yourself. You can make sure you have a team that is distilling info as effectively as possible so you can get a basic framework for what the problem is.”

The second bit of advice Obama shared could significantly help Donald Trump (but would likely fall on deaf ears). “The other thing that’s helpful is not watching TV or reading social media,” he added. “Those are two things I would advise, if you’re our president, not to do. It creates a lot of noise and clouds your judgment. You start mistaking the intensity or passion of a small subset of people with a broader sense of how a country feels – it will sway your decision in an unhealthy way.”

Obama also touched on clickbait in media and how it’s easy for opinions to be “wrapped up as fact.” He said, “If you are susceptible to worrying about what are the polls saying or what might this person say about this topic, or you start mistaking the intensity of the passion of a very small subset of people with a broader sense about your country or people who know something about the topic, that will sway your decision-making in an unhealthy way.”

Obama knows best!

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